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IHM: The first step in safe ship recycling plan

Shipping operators are finally taking steps to implement the requirements of the EU Ship Recycling Regulation ahead of important deadlines. In this article, Kevan O'Neill, of marine hazardous material management consultancy Lucion, notes that impending impact of the important deadlines is increasing interest and actions from ship owners eager to comply with the regulations.

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EU Technical Guidance for Ship Recycling Facilities published

The European Commission has published technical guidance for ship recycling facilities seeking approval under EU Ship Recycling Regulation. The document provides clarifications in accordance with the relevant Hong Kong Convention provisions and taking into account the relevant guidelines of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the International Labour Standards (ILO) and of the Basel Convention.

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NGO encourages ship recyclers to apply for EU list

The European Commission opened the application procedure for the European List of ship recycling facilities on Friday, 18 December. Facilities located outside EU Member States are invited to submit their applications before 1 July 2016. The European Commission will review the applications and then publish a first version of the European List before 31 December 2016 in accordance with the EU Ship Recycling Regulation. Early in 2016, the EC will also issue guidelines on the requirements for ship recyclers and independent verifiers certifying the yards.

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Sustainable ship recycling is not a matter of geography

 Ratification and compliance with the Hong Kong Convention is the best way to ensure sustainable recycling of vessels according to the Danish Shipowners’ Association, both in terms of safety and environmental impact.It is a natural part of a ship’s life cycle to be taken out of service for dismantling and recycling. Right now there is an ongoing debate of whether the “beaching” recycling method used in South Asia should be banned. The reason why the debate often flares up is that 60% of the world’s vessels are dismantled on the beaches of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh  and that these area in particular have been notorious for poor safety and environment conditions. In addition the requirements for the EU white list of yards based on the EU Ship Recycling Regulation risk to become an a priori exclusion of South Asian yards.But Alang is not just Alang – writes Director Maria Bruun Skipper, Danish Shipowners’ Association, in an article from Spring 2015, following a visit to Alang, India. The point is that we all have a responsibility to ensure that the recycling is done without compromising neither the health and safety of the workers nor the environment:“A couple of the yards we visited ...

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Working conditions of shipbreaking workers still deplorable

  The NGO Shipbreaking Platform welcomed IndustriALL’s “Campaign to clean up Shipbreaking – the world’s most dangerous job”. IndustriALL, which represents 50 million workers in 140 countries, calls upon governments to finally make the shipbreaking industry safer for workers. The trade unions stress the precarious working conditions for shipbreaking workers in South Asia, usually migrant workers hired by sub-contractors, as well as the exposure to various health threats including toxic substances and industrial accidents. The global union launched a dedicated website featuring campaign materials, related documents and videos, as well as a model letter to governments. In November 2014, the IndustriALL Global Union World Conference on Shipbuilding-Shipbreaking, which Platform founder and policy advisor Ingvild Jenssen attended in Nagasaki, Japan, unanimously approved a resolution demanding that shipbuilding, shipbreaking and shipping states expedite ratification of the Hong Kong Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships. Moreover, the resolution calls onto countries to apply the EU Ship Recycling Regulation as well as requirements under the Basel Convention and the ILO Guidelines to make the industry safer for workers. “A strong and international trade union movement is absolutely necessary for the shipbreaking industry,” says Patrizia Heidegger, Executive Director of the Platform. ...

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